COC: Clear win for Jaka Hvala
In the third competition in Sapporo, there was the third different winner on Sunday. Jaka Hvala continued his trend this weekend and after the places three and two he now stood on top of the podium.
The Slovene laid the foundation for his first win in the COC already in the first round with the longest jump of the day on 139.5 m. In the final the 22-year-old jumped 127 m and took the clear win with 278.7 points. "I'm happy, that I was able to achieve my goal from yesterday. I'm enjoying myself and I hope I can keep this shape for the next competitions", said Jaka Hvala.
After he finished 28th and 10th in the first two competitions in Sapporo, Karl Geiger achieved his already fifth podium result of the winter with the second place in the final event of the long weekend. The German showed jumps on 130 m and 124 m for a total of 255.2 points. "It was a very good day for me. I could take advantage of the conditions in both rounds and I'm happy about the second place."
Bor Pavlovcic of Slovenia, who is only competing in the Continental Cup since this winter, was eleventh after the first round with 125 m. With 129 m the 17-year-old then had the best jump in the second round, moved up to third with 253.2 points and could celebrate his first ever podium finish in the COC. "I had two good jumps today and so I could achieve my best result so far. I'm really satisfied with my performance", told the young Slovene.
Clemens Aigner was the best of the Austrians in fourth, the fifth place went to Czech Tomas Vancura, who could achieve yet another top result after a first and an eighth place on Friday and Saturday.
Behind Elias Tollinger of Austria, the two Norwegians Tom Hilde, who won on Saturday, and Espen Roee came in seventh and eighth. The Top 10 were completed by the two Germans Pius Paschke and Markus Eisenbichler.
After half of the competitions this season, David Siegel leads the overall ranking with 459 points ahead of his teammate Karl Geiger (448 points). Tom Hilde is now third with 428 points.